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wealth of Massachusetts, taking in 353 towns or
all there are, and possibly a few over for good
measure, for several of those he mentions are
beyond the ken of the atlas and the gazetteer.

Knowing the successful author of this achieve-
ment and the written account, it is quite character-
istic of him to give all there is and endeavor to
improve upon that, and the patient persistence he
has shown in carrying out to a finish liis original
undertaking is worthy of all praise.

It is not that this particular accomplishment is
of any special benefit to the world, or to himself
other than the knowledge it gives liim of localities
and topographical difliculties, but to adopt some
one harmless scheme, and especially if a healthful
one, is a good tiling for anyone to do, and whether

it 1)0 riding a wheel, or between four wheels, or on
a liorse. the exercise in the open air and the new
experience cannot but be beneficial.

There ai'e no north poles or Sahara deserts to
be discovered or explored in the State of Massa-
chusetts, but there is much rural scenery, delight-
ful mountain views, picturesque streams, aside
from beautiful village streets and suburban homes
to become acquainted with, and if a kodak is a
part of the outfit a charming album of views may
be one of the results.

B^or a party of two to start on a pedestrian trip
through any part of the country, forwarding a
trunk to points ahead now and then, lunching
beneath the trees, or beside some tumbling brook ;
swinging a hammock in some deserted farm-house
and roughing it in short from beginning to end ; it
is tiie bankruptcy of doctors, and solely a soda
water and Moxie occupation for druggists, so far
as you two are concerned.

Kxperiences of that kind are invaluable, and
cannot be computed in dollars and cents, or pounds
and pence, liut probably more properly in pounds
and sense.

It is pleasant to see a person an enthusiast in
whatever he undertakes, for the one who goes
about anything of the kind in a mere perfunctory
sort of a way, loses nine-tenths of the enjoyment,
and is in a way a traitor to himself.

The Emperor of Japan thanking some .sympa-
thizing Russian students, said at the same time he
thanked heaven he had no such subjects.

From Boston are Mr. J. M. Fiske, collector of
the port of P.oslon, and Mr. William A. Beattie.

Mr. A. O. Beebe of New York was among tlie
arrivals on July first.

Mr. R. G. Lockwood of Boston has been paying
Poland a short visit.

Mrs. Franklin Smith of Boston has returned
to the Poland Spring House.

From Portsmouth, N. H., are Mr. and Mrs.
J. Louis Harris and Mrs. John Sire.

Mr. and Mrs. Peter W. Mclndoe of New York
are registeied at the Poland Spring House.

From New York are Mr. and Mrs. Charles R.
Fowler, Mrs. Charles A. Sherman and Miss
Coriimc A. Sliermaii.



On July .all, the library coiitiiined 3,6G8
volumes, with a considerable miniber yet to cata-
logue. This is a gain of 205 volumes in a year.

During the month of June, 538 books were
taken out, or an average of 18 daily, the first week
averaging 10 daily, and the last week 26 daily.
Saturdays averaged the heaviest with 23, and
Mondays and Wednesdays with 10. The lightest
single days were June 1st and 5th with only 5
books, and the heaviest single day was the 26th
with 34.

Mr. T. Cusick of New York is registered here.

Mr. H. P. Clark, Special Agent for the
Atlantic Coast Line, New York, was here for a
short sojourn.

Send me your Broken Glasses. I will repair
and return them on the next mail.

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k Mountain^ and ll cents for one
shredded wheat biscuit with cream in Denver ; and
a trulv and distinctively Bostonese conversation in
Pemberton Square of that cultured city, in which
a gentleman made use of the following licensed
explosives : " I consider it a crazy, presumptuous,
GRATUITOUS HYPOTHESIS," and hi' attracted
no undue attention i'roui the passers-by.

his lingering presence about the town, than the
combined alllatus Shakespeare, Scott, Burns,
Washington or Napoleon ever produced on my
impressionable nature.

A tall, lank, uncouth form walked the streets,
about the public square, into the corner drug store
and to his home for twenty-five years.

In 1844 he bought a modest home on Eighth
street in an unfashionable quarter, and from that
day until tlie day of his death, twenty-one years
later, he never purchased another piece of real

This house still stands, a jrift from liobert
Lincoln to the slate, and in the care of a connection
of Mrs. Lincoln.

The front corner room was the reception room,
and the room to the rear, the dining room. On



tlie left is the parlor extending the entire depth of
the building, and in this room, thirty-six hours
after he was nominated in Chicago, he received a
delegation of prominent men to whom he was
almost an entire stranger, and who had uo heart
for the business upon which they came, until Mr.
Lincoln had heard the letter of notification, when a
transformation came over that gawky figure and
merry eye, and Samuel Howies, Wni. M. Evarts,
Governor Boutwell, Gideon Welles, Carl Schurz,
and the others were electrified with the change, and
knew that there was the man in that modest little
parlor on Eighth street, whom tlie connlry would
make no mistake in electing.

Visitors are not generally conducted above the
first floor, the rooms being still occupied, but a
friendly impulse prompted the good lady, and to
Abraham Lincoln's bedroom, the room over the
parlor, on the front, 1 was shown.

Three sides of this room had been recently
papered, but the fourth wall still exhibited the
original paper, possibly and probably selected by
Lincoln himself in his days of struggle.

Tlie figure was large, with a deep blue body,
and light bufl^ ground. From the portions removed
from the other walls tlie kindly woman gave me a
generous sample, which together with a penholder
made from an old floor board of the same historic
room, may be seen in the Maine State Building.

In numerous pictures of the exterior of the
house taken at various times, a tree may be seen
that was planted by Lincoln.

When this ti-ee died, the lady had portions of
the limbs sawed in wheel-like sections, one section
of which I was also honored with.

Had I turned around, at any time I was within
tills dwelling, and encountered the remarkable man
whom the world has learned to honor, it would
not have surprised me in the least. It seemed as
if he had but gone down to his oflice, or to the
court house in the public square, and might return
at any moment.

Never, as I have before intimated, have I had
a similar feeling, the presence of that man being

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